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With technology being a major aspect of the country’s transformation efforts, IT firms stand ready to provide the infrastructure required to accelerate digitalization, automation, and smart city solutions in the UAE.

Alexis Lecanuet

Regional Managing Director, Accenture Middle East

Today, cloud-based technologies are an enabler of transformation, as a stronger, safer, and more efficient service enables organizations to focus on their main differentiation. For our clients, our role is to transform and reinvent their businesses, reskill their employees, or become more sustainable by moving to the cloud, with clear financial returns. The vision of Accenture in the region is to become the partner of choice in the economic transformation of governments in the region by bringing together the right capabilities to co-create and deliver innovative ideas and solutions. Accenture recently signed a partnership with G42, the UAE champion for the cloud, and with this infrastructure investment, Accenture will be better prepared to support the development of our digital economy. The new post-pandemic way of working has reaffirmed the importance of keeping businesses hyper connected and having a robust digital infrastructure in place, and the future budgets reflect that reality. We want to combine our intent to deliver the promises of technology and human ingenuity. As the UAE prepares to host COP28, it is essential to highlight the latest technology and solutions that can assist enterprises in achieving their sustainability targets. We support our clients to start their 360-degree Value Creation Frameworks and adopt this broader value creation model to include all the elements of technology adoption in a sustainable ambition for all stakeholders.

Alaa Elshimy

Managing Director & SVP of Enterprise Business Group, Middle East & Central Asia Region, Huawei

The Middle East is one of the most important regions for Huawei, globally. In particular, the UAE and Saudi are the biggest two countries for us, and hence the biggest investment, attention, and presence from Huawei’s point of view. Governments are the biggest sector for us from a business perspective and possibly the most important, too. Huawei has participated in the digital transformation of more than 700 cities around the world, accumulating valuable practical experience in the process. We have partnered with over 50 different ministries and governments globally. We appraise the country’s objective in terms of the national digital transformation strategy and partner with them to execute and deliver on their objectives. We provide intelligent government solutions whereby the citizens are able to deal only with one window on the system digitally. And from there, all the data is loaded. And then this system integrates different departments and uses big data to collect and appropriately share the data as needed to authorized people from different departments. This saves money and effort for the country and its citizens. The strategy of the UAE is clear, and the country wants to be the global hub for the industry for the digital vertical applications or digital transformation applications. As part of that effort, we built the first regional cloud in the Middle East.

Mohamed Abou Zaki

CEO, Emircom

Emircom has been in business for over 35 years, starting with its UAE operations in 1984 and has been in Saudi Arabia for over 15 years now. We cater to service providers, public sectors customers, and large enterprises. We focus on cutting-edge technology by providing turnkey infrastructure solutions that help our customers become more relevant to their businesses and industries by adopting intelligent software solutions such as AI, machine to machine connectivity, machine learning, the metaverse, and a wide array of advanced technologies as they arise. Our strength is not just in our technical expertise, but also in our understanding of how technology affects customers’ businesses, as well as the sincere advice we give them regarding its adoption. This is what differentiates us from the competition. Traditionally, Emircom was focused on service providers. This has given us an advantage when it comes to learning, implementing, and using new complex technologies, and it has stimulated the growth of associated skillsets on a global scale. We also work with other industries, including oil and gas, the public sector, education, banking, and utilities to offer solutions that are suited to the unique requirements of each sector. Understanding how technical trends evolve enables us to anticipate client needs, directly address their pain points, and service their future plans.



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